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'Yugao'

Small, nodding or drooping, broadly bell-shaped, citrus-scented flowers. Outside purple at base shading through pale purple to greenish white at margins and tips, inside greenish white sometimes flushed purplish pink. Filaments greenish creamy yellow; anthers creamy yellow. Leaves brownish when young. Fruit-heads persistent. Named after one of the characters in the tale of Genji (Genji monogatari, a very old Japanese novel), but also the name for moonflower (Ipomoea alba) or for bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria).

Group: ?Viorna group
Fragrant: Yes
Approximate height: 1.5 - 2.0 metres
Flowering period(s): Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Pruning: Hard prune (Group 3)
Raised by: Kazushige Ozawa
Country of origin: Japan
Date raised: f1999 s2000 ni2007
Parentage: Unknown
Other name(s): None known

Further detail:

Flower diameter: 3.5cm
Tepals: 4; 4cm long, 2cm wide, thick and fleshy, long-pointed, tips slightly recurved, margins irregularly wavy, touching towards base
Leaves: pinnate